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Big Ears Festival set to return to Knoxville on March 21-24, 2019

May 30, 2018

Mark your calendars: Big Ears Festival returns to explore the most innovative experiences in music, film and art on March 21-24, 2019, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tickets for the internationally acclaimed event go on sale Friday, June 1, at 10 a.m. ET.

The festival lineup of curated artists will be revealed in phases during the coming weeks and months.

Announcement of the 2019 dates comes on the heels of the announcement that the National Endowment for the Arts awarded the Big Ears Festival an Art Works grant of $20,000.

“We are deeply grateful to the national and local patrons, sponsors and supporters who make Big Ears possible and support our work as a non-profit organization to champion creative expression in Knoxville,” Big Ears Managing Director Carissa Stolting said. “As a thank you to our individual donors, we launched a benefits program called the Friends of Big Ears, which offers all kinds of perks to donors, including special experiences between now and the festival and a discount on 2019 passes. To learn more, visit our website and click ‘support.’”

Tickets are available for purchase, along with more information about the Friends of Big Ears program and donor benefits, at bigearsfestival.com. Based on attendee feedback, Big Ears Festival is expanding and enhancing ticket packages, including launching new perks for the VIP Sonic Explorer ticket. New offerings include access to exclusive kick-off and after-party events and more.

Big Ears Festival is an annual event that brings together musicians and artists who span generations and transcend genres, and as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides free programming to the community thanks to generous festival sponsors and partners. Described as “one of the most quietly earth-shattering, subtly luminous festivals the world over” by the Oxford American, Big Ears Festival has established itself as one of the most exciting and imaginative cultural gatherings in the world.

The mission of the Big Ears Festival is to create, nurture and support artistic expression and cultural education that transcends traditional boundaries; strengthens and builds relationships; and connects across communities through genre-defying music, film and arts programming and interactive experiences.

Big Ears is created and produced by Knoxville-based AC Entertainment, recognized as one of the foremost independent promoters in the United States. Founded in 1991 by Ashley Capps, the company books, markets and presents more than 1,000 events per year. In addition to Big Ears, AC Entertainment is the force behind internationally renowned events, including Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Forecastle Festival and many more.

For more information, visit bigearsfestival.com. To keep up with Big Ears news and announcements, “like” Big Ears Festival on Facebook, follow @BigEarsFestival on Twitter and join the newsletter.

 

About Big Ears Festival
The mission of the Big Ears Festival, a 501(c)(3), is to create, nurture, and support artistic expression and cultural education that transcends traditional boundaries, strengthens and builds relationships, and connects across communities through genre-defying music, film and arts programming, and interactive experiences.

Described as “one of the most quietly earth-shattering, subtly luminous festivals the world over” by the Oxford American, Big Ears Festival has established itself as one of the most exciting and imaginative cultural gatherings in the world, bringing together a virtual who’s who of established and acclaimed iconoclasts, innovators and influencers with younger artists who are synthesizing their own experiences into fresh, new creative work. Located in the heart of downtown Knoxville – and taking place in its world-class historic theaters, excellent clubs, and unique alternative performance spaces – all within easy walking distance of one another and intermingled with superb restaurants, bars, and shops – Big Ears offers an unparalleled experience for adventurous artists and audiences alike. While primarily focused on music, Big Ears is also developing a strong independent/experimental film component while also presenting installations, exhibitions and interactive experiences.

Big Ears is created and produced by AC Entertainment, recognized as one of the foremost independent promoters in the United States. Founded in 1991 by Ashley Capps, the company books, markets and presents over 1,000 events per year. In addition to Big Ears, AC Entertainment is the force behind internationally renowned events including Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival®, Forecastle Festival, and many more.  For more information on AC Entertainment, visit ACEntertainment.com.

The 2019 Big Ears Festival is made possible by the generous support of The Aslan Foundation, ArtWorks/National Endowment for the Arts, Visit Knoxville, the City of Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee Department of Tourism and SouthArts.